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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Summertime (March 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904881734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904881735
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,344,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A heartfelt book that covers the push-pull effect of growing up in two cultures and related with searing honesty." - Apple Gidley, author of Expat Life, Slice by Slice www.expatapple.com The open, honest and heartfelt reminiscences of a New Jersey girl faced with the challenges and delights of a multicultural family." - Carla Walker, AWC Book Club, The Hague "Written with candour, a philosophical approach, and a love for places and people." - Laura J Stephens, author of Lone Star State: An Inconvenient Posting, an expat wife's memoir of lost identity. "Maggie's living the 'American Dream' until it turns into an 'American Nightmare'. This heartfelt book welcomes us into her home, in three different countries." - Barbara S. Baron, Professor Brookdale Community College, NJ www.brookdalecc.edu

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Maggie was born and raised on the Jersey Shore. She is married to a Norwegian and they have lived as expats in Houston and the Netherlands. She has raised five children and had a hand in raising one stepchild. She loves to read, scrapbook and walk her dogs. After attending a series of Jo Parfitt's "Write your life stories" workshops in the Netherlands, she has written a memoir about the ups and downs in life and the back and forth travels of a multicultural family. She is now living with her husband in Norway.

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A true and honest story of Maggie's life.
Jeannette
The author does not ignore life's tests but plunges into them due to her strong convictions and love of life, family, friends , faith and nature.
Syl
I am sure anyone who reads this book will find it very interesting reading.
Fred E. Moskey

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Syl on April 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Fly Away Home is an intriguing title to an amazing journey bringing into question, where is home? Is it where one is born, raised, where one has lived in between or simply where one hangs one's hat?

This book is a self-reflective memoir of a triumphant journey from childhood through adulthood to a fulfilled present. The author, Maggie Myklebust, invites the reader into her home, her life, past and present, and does so very comfortably. She embarks on her life journey with an honest portrayal of the people who affected her life while she has lived in 2 continents. She delves into her ancestry with warmth and love and describes the bumpy road of her life experiences starting in the Jersey coast of America and ending up in Norway with some stops on the way in Houston, Texas and the Netherlands.

Maggie's life begins in the Jersey shore with the backdrop of a cultural generation and an age where children want what they can't have. She is committed to getting what she wants and following her dreams, which she is not quite aware of at such a young age. She meets her soul mate at a very young age while on a trip to Norway. However, she returns to America and continues a teen age life there with her family. Her life takes her from her parents' home to a chaotic first marriage to a young boy not at all compatible to her. They start a family and her roller coaster ride begins. As the author confides her secrets and thoughts, the reader joins her in her roller coaster ride of life.

Life throws her some curves as well as opportunities which, as difficult as they may seem, she is willing to explore. She embraces these opportunities, combating fear and doubt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Holly Smith on April 11, 2012
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I finished this book in one day, and that night went to bed dreaming of the Norwegian countryside (a place I have never been, I might add). The author paints such vivid pictures, not only of her surroundings, but also of the details of a life that you cannot help but want to read more about. Not only are the characters easy to relate to, but so are the stories of years gone by and the struggles and triumphs that life tends to throw at us. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to escape into someone else's life for a while! I could not put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Whitsitt on July 5, 2013
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Very interesting and a book you just can't put down!! Highly recommend!! Just wish it had been longer!! No hesitation to recommend!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeannette on July 4, 2013
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Very good read. A true and honest story of Maggie's life. I think anyone can find something in it you can relate to ...I sure did! You won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred E. Moskey on June 22, 2013
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I don't know why I remembered seeing this book for sale on Amazon, whether it was the title or the photo of the book cover. I was at a friend's wedding, talking with Michele, when she started telling me about a book her mother wrote. I said I remembered seeing it on Amazon and would order it.
When I finally got around to reading it I couldn't put it down. Maggie Myklebust is a captivating author! She tells her life story is a way that would make history books as interesting to read as the latest "who done it". You never know what is going to happen next.
Her life is like a TV soap opera with more ups and downs than a roller coaster. I thought no body can have this many trials a tribulations until I thought about my own life, I think I may have seen even more than Maggie.
This is a book that is hard to put down. I think it would be of more interest to women but since I knew Mark and Michele I found it extremely interesting.
I am sure anyone who reads this book will find it very interesting reading.
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By Musouka on August 31, 2013
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I found this book while browsing for something set it Norway. I was longing for a taste of Norway, since we didn't get to go on our summer trip there this year, and I felt homesick for it. I didn't realize it was a true story, but as I read, I became entranced and couldn't stop reading! I found I could relate to see many situations, thoughts, and feelings that the author had. And in truth, she writes in such a way that makes you feel you have been friends for years.
I recommend this book to anyone with Norwegian ties, or even any expat looking for a better understanding of life outside their own country.
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